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Life as We Knew It

Pfeffer, Susan Beth (Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Life as We Knew It
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Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
Authors: Pfeffer, Susan Beth, 1948-
Title: Life as we knew it
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 337 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Summary: Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
ISBN: 0152058265
9780152058265
Branch Call Number: y PFEFFER
Subject Headings: Natural disasters Juvenile fiction Families Fiction Diaries Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Science fiction
Young adult fiction
Topical Term: Natural disasters
Families
Diaries
LCCN: 2005036321
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Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

Through journal entries, sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

"Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions."

Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.


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Sep 01, 2014
  • Dixiedog2 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Susan Beth Pfeffer - Life as We Knew It – Very interesting book. Doctor-at-Bass! Taylor A.

Aug 11, 2014
  • Jessica4695 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Eh, this book was okay. Main character was a bit stereotypical for a teen book. It's not like it was torture or anything to get through, I was interested and read it pretty quickly, but not all that much happened. I expected more action, but hey, maybe when the world is ending there won't be all that much going on.

Jul 18, 2014
  • econsidine rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Mehhh. Nowhere near lives up to all its hype. The main character just simply isn't interesting or that relatable, and there's never really a climax that justifies the awesome setup it has. If you like survival and/or are one of those crazy-prepared-apocalypse people, you'll like it, but otherwise it's just kind of boring.

Jun 14, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Sadly, I thought this book was an okay read,and was actually hard to get through. I didn't much like the diary style of writing- I felt distant from the main character in a way- and though the book is describing the struggles of the family in this apocalyptic world, it seemed dull. Like it was repeating the same things. I was not expecting the ending, but I liked it- it was really the only part of the book besides the main disaster that got me interested. If you like post-apocalyptic or survival books, then this would be a good read for you. Unfortunately, it's not exactly my style. I don't know if I'm going to continue on with the series or not. (PS Happy Friday the 13th! Guess what? It's also a Full Moon! Oh, the irony :)

Feb 17, 2014
  • dixiedog rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a great idea for a book but I found it difficult for perhaps the first 150 pages to get accustomed to reading a young teenage girl’s diary; page after page. While I agree with some of the disparaging comments made by previous reviewers, the author/teenagers account of what happens as life’s simple amenities, the ones we all take for granted disappear one after another; was well done. Amenities like: electricity for light, heat, refrigeration for the preservation of food; natural gas to heat water for cooking food or heating our homes, washing clothes, or bathing; regular access to a variety of fresh produce and meat, access to enough food for that matter; water to drink, wash clothes, personal hygiene, etc.; access to family and friends through the telephone, internet, mail, public roads, etc.; access to information and the media, access to education for children, security; sunlight; gasoline for transportation; and personal privacy simply vanished. From this standpoint, the author did an exceptional job in reminding us how a natural disaster of global magnitude could change our lives in more ways than one can imagine. The total breakdown of the social structure in the community and of Government services at every level, as the climate changed, was very disturbing. I must add however that I found the conclusion to this book, the last 11 pages, disappointing, unsubstantiated, and poorly conceived such that it lowered my overall approval of this book somewhat. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Feb 15, 2014
  • waltzingechidna rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very realistic book about a world falling apart and a girl being forced to grow up as a result. Deceptively simple, clear writing--there is a lot going on under the surface. Highly recommend.

Dec 25, 2013
  • Sabreenasdfjkl rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I'm starting to despise reviews that hype up books. It's a huge overstatement. Some books are amazing but the reviews really stretch the truth. Sets the standard high right when readers flip to the first page I added this book to my want list for the sole purpose of obtaining the same emotions others have portrayed after reading this book.

"IT MADE ME PARANOID! I WANTED TO RUN TO THE GROCERY STORE TO STOCK UP ON FOOD."

That was the overall aspect to the 5-star reviews this book received. Now I can't rate this book because I did not complete it. I did not even read any further than the first chapter. The book must have been clearly plot driven (the unfortunate cost to most dystopian/apocalyptic novels*

*Side note
Why are we so fascinated by books or anything that makes us fear for our lives? Why is watching others suffer amusing? I do not understand why we empathize other people's pain (loss of a loved one or cancer) when we find other forms of pain amusing.

I did not like the way the author chose to express the protagonist's feelings. It was a simple summary format, a diary entry. The writings of a teenager's perspective lacks imagery, sensory detail and other literary devices. I want a book with a riveting plot and dynamic characters that are carefully crafted. I want invigorating writing that makes me want to flip the pages not just because of the anticipation of what is to come. I want to read books that improve my writing because I have always been told that the more books i read, the better i will become at writing. I will learn to write complex essays and clearly pour my thoughts into my writing.

This book is solely driven by plot.

I hate reading!! But this book was amazing!!!!

Sep 20, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Life As We Knew It is very much a YA book, in that it's both narrated by a teen and absolutely for teens. It wasn't an unenjoyable read, but I found myself getting annoyed at how juvenile the....well, juvenile was.

The high points:
The apocalypse isn't outlandish, it's a relatively plausible concept.
The narrative voice is spot-on for the age category- Miranda is more worried about getting a date for prom than how the moon incident will affect crops.
A realistic spread of human response to worldwide tragedy, good and bad.
The author clearly thought out what things would be affected by the apocalyptic incident, and how that would ripple through a year of contemporary US life.

The low points:
Redundant, in the way that teen voices can be.
No one thought of hunting, fishing, or foraging for fresh food when the disaster occurred, or for months afterward, despite the fact that they live in the woods. That drove me nuts.
There wasn't really a mounting tension, or climax in the plot- everything stayed the same level after the incident until the end.
The end was lackluster, and a little bit saccharine.
Nobody died. Well, OK, people died, but not in a way that affected Miranda for more than a day or a passing journal note. This seems a bit unrealistic to me.

Overall, the book was a bit of fluff, based on a good concept but lacking the depth or dark tones that usually pull me into survival-themed tales. I'd recommend it for teenagers wondering "what if", anyone interested in how modern suburbia families might live as pioneers did, and people with a lot of time on their hands who don't mind novel-as-diary-entry stories.

Aug 23, 2013
  • TarannumSens rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not bad; pace is a bit too slow

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Aug 28, 2014
  • JoshuahYon rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jun 14, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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Apr 06, 2014
  • green_owl_146 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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Jan 19, 2014
  • dixiedog rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Sep 20, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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Aug 31, 2013
  • white_panda_13 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 05, 2013
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Jul 12, 2012
  • Heart97 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 06, 2012
  • Birdcat rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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Jun 23, 2012
  • samihanaimah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 23, 2012
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A meteorite hits the moon, moon's orbit shifts closer to earth causing massive tidal surges, volcanic activity, early winter. Miranda & family stock up on food, wood, and try to survive cold, starvation, disease.

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Jun 14, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Other: One dead body is seen up close by the main character, a girl purposefully starves herself, a lady hangs herself, many people die in natural disasters and from disease/starvation/the cold/

Jun 14, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: People do get really sick and unwell, starvation is a factor

Jun 14, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: A couple minor swear words here and there

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Jul 08, 2014
  • smartim673 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Here's the funny thing about the world coming to an end. Once it gets going, it doesn't seem to stop.”

Jun 14, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"What about desserts?" I asked. "If the world comes to an end, I'm going to want cookies."
"We're all going to want cookies if the world comes to an end," Mrs. Nesbitt agreed. "And chips and pretzels. If the world is coming to an end, why should I care about my blood pressure?"
"Okay, we'll die fat," Mom said.

Jul 23, 2013
  • destiny1218 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"Do people really realize how precious life is? I know I never did before"

Jul 03, 2013
  • Violet_Lion_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Do people really realize how precious life is? I know I never did before. There was always time. There was always a future. Maybe because I don't know anymore if there is a future, I'm grateful for the good things that have happened to me this year."

Jul 03, 2013
  • Violet_Lion_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"God has his own reasons for what we're suffering. Maybe when we're in heaven we'll understand, but until then all we can do is pray for His forgiveness and obey his will."

Jul 12, 2012
  • Heart97 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"When it comes to an end, we need to take care of others like our family before ourselves and we need to appreciate foods, shelter and water that we had. If the ends come to an end, we need to pray for our souls and our needs."

Jul 02, 2012
  • SarahBealing rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It really was funny that the world was coming to an end and I still couldn't get any action.

Apr 25, 2012
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald’s would still be open.

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